To Kill a Mockingbird

At the novel's end, Scout says of Boo Radley, "...neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad"(p. 278). Is Scout right, that they had gave nothing in return?


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No, I think they gave Boo what he needed. They gave Boo their sense of innocence. Boo was able to capture a sense of childhood that he never had. It was the kids that gave Boo the imputes to reach out in his own way.